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This was an SAP webcast from last week.   It was good to see a detailed update.

Overview of latest HANA product released to the market
How can you use it?
What are the use cases?
Features, benefits

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In this session, we want to introduce SAP HANA Cloud, the next evolutionary step of SAP HANA. You will see how customers will benefit from a cloud data platform that provides easy and immediate access to all data, with SAP HANA real-time processing and low TCO, while reducing the complexity of your system landscape. (abstract - SOURCE: SAP)

Link to road map (S-user may be required)

Figure 2: Source: SAP
Subject to change, legal disclaimer applies

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Data growth in a data driven world
50% of data will reside in the cloud
Companies are recognizing this trend

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Strategic direction, migration to cloud is critical
Most customers are coming from on premise with complex infrastructures, data compliance challenges
On premise data center, create web application

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How customers describe their strategy today

How to set up, connect, performance, latency, SLA's, secure access
How position HANA Cloud

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From on premise to cloud

HANA Cloud - data fabric and central data store

Connect on premise to HANA Cloud, use it as a gateway to other sources
Central store, central access to data sources

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Value proposition
Benefits - upper left - bring on premise with power of cloud - elasticity
HANA Cloud - cloud native database
Streamline access to developers, admins and users
Developer can access via unified access layer

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Differences between HANA on premise and cloud
Buy hardware, configure OS, backop (on premise)
With cloud, large part of stack is managed by SAP
HANA Cloud is a database as a service
You control access to database - SQL access, options to enable

"SAP is your single point of contact"

Figure 9: Source: SAP

Gray box is HANA instance; runs in Kubernetes cluster
Docker based
Containers in Docker
Orchestrated by Kubernetes
Hidden from customers
Multi-cloud enabled; every hyperscaler that can run Kubernetes can run this; not depend on a specific cloud infrastructure
Get HANA database with advanced analytical operations, machine learning
Enrich with virtualizations capabilities; beyond on-premise
Native Storage Extension (NSE) - transparent to you, can use it as it comes; enabled by default
Built-in Data Lake, using IQ technology
Integrated, built-in data lake, provisioned with in-memory database
Elastically scale with HANA Cloud

Known data protection surrounds blocks - data privacy, anonymization, encryption, auditing

On top of HANA Cloud, can connect your own applications and also SAC / DWC

DWC runs on HANA Cloud

S/4HANA, C/4HANA, are in process to use HANA Cloud for their apps (not there yet)

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Center of picture - fabric virtual table; gives you transparent access to remote sources and local datasets
Can toggle between remote and replica sets
Known network latency
Local access is faster - "smart toggling"
Start with remote virtual access; depend on performance can toggle to cached or replicated set

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Replication between HANA system
Built in native real time remote table replication

Third party sources - use smart data integration connectivity

Store replica sets in memory, in disk store, or data lake

Figure 12: Source: SAP

Different protocols for connectivity due to different customer infrastructures

Plan lightweight protocol to on premise this year

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Provide in memory as primary persistence class; includes persistent memory
- some depend on infrastructure providers

Use NSE, Data Lake, can use them depending on SLA's

Frequently changed data should reside in memory to meet SLA's

On disk, have latency

NSE - less frequent use data
Data lake - rarely used storage options

Cost performance trade off

Future innovations - an intelligence to give you recommendations for which storage options; based on SAP machine learning libraries

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Known technology

NSE - add buffer cache, managing page in and page out of data
Data from disk that is needed is loaded to buffer cache

Benefits of NSE - memory footprint reduction

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Built in data lake
Based on IQ technology
Optimized connection based on SDA technology
Single point of administration and management in HANA Cloud instance

Offload from HANA to cheaper storage

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Start with first version
Goal - move away from a fixed system size; move to dynamic resource management; start with an initial size and grow with work load

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2 dimensions, compute and storage

Lower left - scale up, scale down; one instance - can add/shrink
Add another compute (read only) node, scale out in compute direction, upper left - data set in cache, provides additional compute power

Storage - add more
Can scale with data lake or scale with nodes that can persist data

Start with lower left corner; next step (this year) to add or remove compute nodes; then come with scaling dimensions in 2021


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Facilitate by SCP (SAP Cloud Platform)
Use SCP for billing and invoicing

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Screen shot of provisioning wizard
Easy way to provision HANA cloud
Data lake is optional

Text box shows metrics, initial sizes in first version; will provide larger sizes later this year

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Database, instance,
See memory size, CPU size, data lake name
SQL access endpoint to configure connectivity string (secured)
Start and stop instance when needed


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Security features, same features/scope as on-premise

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Shared responsibility for security


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Left side have NEO, Cloud Foundry, different versions, will provide a migration path so you can migrate your HANA services to HANA Cloud
Migrate SQL XS classic apps; HANA Cloud only supports XSA advanced
Not available yet; will come later this year

Use cases

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HANA Cloud is a data fabric that virtualizes others in the cloud so you can access
By default, not replicate data, just virtualize
Unified access layer via SQL to remote sources supported

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Next use case is to ingest data

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Next use case is expand to on premise with real time replication

Benefits include on demand set up, cover peak loads, data offloading, data federation

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Continue with HANA core, adding cloud native capabilities
3rd box shows innovation focus topics
Plan to provide IQ and ASE services (not data lake) - allow IQ on premise customers to transition to HANA Cloud

Unified development experience on HANA Cloud

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Milestones; GA March 27

Trial end of Q2 (limited time, limited size)

Bug fixes biweekly

Replay is available here.


Question & Answer (subset)

Q: How do you propose capitalizing in scale up and scale down model?
A: Relying on cloud infrastructure providers; they are taking care of infrastructure; just leverage infrastructure for HANA Cloud

Q: When will SAP Business App Studio support HANA Cloud?
A: Ongoing project; strategic development environment for cloud development, timeline is not fixed
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